Luxury Lodges Of Everest

Classic stunning Everest views based in private luxury lodges.
It would be difficult to imagine another place in the majestic Himalaya where you could find such physical, cultural and religious diversity as that which exists in the Kingdom of Nepal. The Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Sherpas in the Everest region and the rich Hindu tradition in the Kathmandu Valley combined with the world’s most spectacular mountains and a truly warm and hospitable people offer some of the most memorable travel experiences available. On this trek we use a series of lodges which offer a higher degree of comfort than the normal teahouse style lodges in the area. This makes it possible for fit weekend walkers to get fantastic views of the biggest mountains on earth in relative comfort.
The route takes us to some of the prettiest Sherpa villages including the main market town of Namche Bazaar. There are magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam as we trek to Kunde and Khumjung. We also walk along the old trade route towards Tibet and visit Thame, the village where Tenzing Norgay lived and the place where many other famous climbing Sherpas were born. All this makes the Classic Everest trek a perfect and comfortable introduction to the splendour of the world’s highest mountains. The Everest in Luxury Trek is graded B with 7 days walking. The maximum altitude is 3,800m, and the average is 3,500m. For those who have done some hill walking this is a moderate trek with some steepish climbs and it gives you the opportunity to walk amongst some of the most stunning mountain scenery on earth.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
    You will arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. You can spend the evening as you like.

    Day 2
    Today is a free day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath; one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world at Bodnath; the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. You can also visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city, where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving, is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The area is a maze of temples and images, and, leading away from the square in all directions, are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Sightseeing tours can be booked locally. Today there will also be a full trip briefing in the morning.

    Day 3
    You will take the short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2800m), before setting off on the first short leg of the trek, ascending northwards into the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). You will then descend from the small plateau down into the forested valley, from where the trail crosses several tributary streams and you will get some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2652m). If there is time in the afternoon, there is an optional walk to Rimijung Monastery (1 hour), which is set above Phakding with great views of Kusumkang and Thamserku. There is approximately 3 hours of walking today.

    Day 4
    From Phakding you will cross the Dudh Kosi over the first of several suspension bridges. The trail undulates through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, past the villages of Benkar and Chumoa, before reaching Monzo. Just after Monzo, you will enter the Everest National Park, and descend to cross another suspension bridge over to Jorsale (2805m). From here, the trail climbs over a spur and alongside a dripping mossy cliff, to cross the west fork of the river, the Bhote Kosi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. About 300m up this ascent you should get, cloud permitting, your first view of the summit of Everest as it appears behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another 300m of climbing will bring you to Namche Bazaar, the administrative centre of the Khumbu region and headquarters for the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a weekly market at which fresh foodstuffs, brought up from lower villages, are exchanged for the money which many Sherpa families earn from their work with mountaineering and trekking groups. The narrow streets are a mixture of souvenir shops, some of the highest cyber cafes in the world, and places where you can rent or buy any piece of equipment under the sun! There is approximately 6.5 hours of walking today.

    Day 5
    Today will be spent exploring Namche, in order for you to acclimatise. You will climb steeply out of Namche to the small airstrip at Shyangboche, and further on to the spectacularly situated Everest View Hotel, which is an ideal place for a tea break! On a clear day you can enjoy the magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. After this, you will drop down to the village of Khumjung, where you will be able to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary School. Kunde village sits a little further along the path, as does the Edmund Hillary hospital. You will return to Namche for the night. There is approximately 5 to 6 hours of walking today.

    Day 6
    Today’s trail takes us steeply out of Namche and into a side valley (which eventually leads to Tibet) on a wonderful high trail with magnificent views. The Thame valley is very beautiful, and the walk through the forest is on an easy trail. This valley is quieter than the main Everest trails, and you may spot pheasants, eagles and Himalayan thar (mountain goats). Traders from Tibet still cross the Nangpa La at the head of the valley, and you may well see them with their magnificent trains of yaks. A couple of hours after leaving Namche, you will pass through Thamo, where you can visit the small nunnery, home to some Tibetan nuns. From Thamo you will continue climbing for a while, before dropping down to cross a bridge over the roaring river. A final steep climb brings you to Thame (3800m), where you will spend the next two nights. There is approximately 4 to 5 hours of walking today.

    Day 7
    You will spend today in Thame, the village where Sherpa Tenzing Norgay lived with his first wife. Many other famous climbing Sherpas come from this village; Ang Rita, who has climbed Everest 10 times without oxygen was born here, as was Appa Sherpa, who reached the Everest’s summit for the 20th time in 2010. The village consists of scattered houses and enclosed fields, with a backdrop of huge snow and ice peaks. Set above the village is the 16th century monastery, which you are able to visit today. The gompa is surrounded by huge juniper trees, and is one of the oldest and holiest gompas in the area.

    Day 8
    You will retrace your steps to Namche, where lunch will be served. From Namche, you begin your steep descen to the Dudh Kosi, which you will follow back to the lodge at Phakding. There is approximately 6.5 hours of walking today.

    Day 9
    You will again retracey our steps through the rhododendron and pine forests to Chaunrikhara. Here, you will leave the main trail again, and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla. There is approximately 3 hours of walking today.

    Day 10
    You will fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish.

    Day 11
    Today is a free day in Kathmandu for individual sightseeing or shopping.

    Day 12
    After breakfast, Depart from Kathmandu

Date & Price

Includes & Excludes

  • Profile
    7 days walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 3800m, average 3500m.

    Accommodation
    4 nights hotel, 7 nights comfortable mountain lodges.

    Food
    All breakfasts plus 7 dinners included.

    What to Expect
    This is a grade B trek, 7 day walking. The altitude maximum is 3800m, with an average of 3500m. The Everest in Luxury trek is all on good, well-established trails, but with the slight possibility of snow underfoot on departures between November and April. Most of the trek takes place between 2,800 m. and 3,800 m. but we avoid possible altitude problems by having enough acclimatisation days. Most of the walking is moderate but there are a few steep uphill walks.
    The difference between this and our Annapurna in Luxury trip is that the altitudes on the Everest trek vary from 2,800 m. to 3,800 m.

    Group size and age
    Min. 2, max.16 plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 16.

    Moderate
    No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswold’s at home should manage a B-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.

    Walking & Trekking
    Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.

Trip Notes

  • Do I need to take walking poles?
    If you are used to walking with trekking poles then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold. If you decide later you'd like to have some, they are available to buy in Kathmandu.

    Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
    Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
    You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!

    Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
    You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel  in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.

    Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
    Momos
    This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or  fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
    Kwanti soup
    This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
    Choela
    This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil.Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel.

    I have some free time in Kathmandu?
    If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.

    On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow ?
    US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.

    Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
    Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.

    Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
    Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct.
    Please note if you are staying in Nepal longer than 15 days, you will need to ask for a 30 day visa.

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